Rhett Ellison is going to be a very intriguing member of the Minnesota Vikings to follow in 2013. Coming into his second year in the NFL, Ellison will be competing for more playing time this summer. Right now he’s the backup fullback, and the third-string tight end, but that could change before the end of 2013.
It’s pretty safe to assume that Jerome Felton has the fullback position on lockdown after leading the way for Adrian Peterson all the way to the Pro Bowl, but the backup tight end spot is a different story. John Carlson was terrible last year, and if he doesn’t step up his game, Ellison could be in line to take his spot.
To start the year, Ellison will be in basically the same position as last year. He’s primarily going to be a blocker on offense, and will no doubt get some time on special teams. But I look for his role to evolve at a fairly rapid pace throughout the season. It’s tough to be certain of anything in the NFL, but you can safely bet that Ellison will catch more than seven passes this season.
He’s likely going to get more chances to prove himself as a pass-catcher, mainly because Felton is firmly entrenched at fullback. If Carlson is laying another egg part way through the 2013 season, don’t be shocked if No. 4o gets a shot to show what he can do. Ellison was good enough out of college to warrant a fourth round pick, so clearly the Vikings have more in store for him than just blocking.
Rhett Ellison is a guy to keep an eye on as Minnesota gets set for training camp.
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